2013 London Chess Classic

So it’s been a long time since I’ve last written and I’ve been meaning to, but does the thought count in this case?

A lot has happened since, chess wise I was on a bad streak, 0/7! I was going to write a post about it soon after it happened, but I decided to take a break and see what would happen when my thoughts became clearer and I was pleased to bounce back at the 4ncl with 2/2 for my new team White Rose.
I’ve now decided to try and do some reporting on the Classic, as and when I can, but this will be difficult as I’ll be working 8.30am-7pm Monday to Friday but I’ll try and do my best.
As you know, this year’s Classic  format differs from the previous editions to cater for the recent World Championship match in Chennai. Vishy has agreed to play but Magnus is taking a well deserved break. So we have a new format, a rapidplay with 14 top players and 2 qualifiers from the open section.

Here are the groups below.





What are your predictions of who will qualify from the Group Stages to the Knockouts? Anything can happen and with these two qualifiers from the Open I fear that playing 4 games of long play then switching into rapid mode will not help their chess! Today’s draw is heating up with lots of interesting clashes!

Rd 3 pairings


There are loads of events during the tournament that you can play in or you can simply watch the World Class commentary! I know I’ll be at Olympia as often as I can. Work permitting!

FM Neil Berry vs Frank Burnham - Can you spot the mate?

Round 1: Fide Open, FM Neil Berry vs Frank Burnham – Can you spot the mate?


6 Responses to “2013 London Chess Classic”

  1. Gordon Fulthorpe
    December 9, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    Do I submit my ( probably wrong ! ) solution ??

    Qh7 ch Kf7
    Bg6 ch Ke7
    Qxe6 ……..mate

    Cheers ! Gordon

    • Sue Maroroa
      December 10, 2013 at 10:17 am #

      I’m not sure how the Queen goes from h7 to e6! Try again :-). I think it’s quite neat and FM Neil Berry didn’t play it. I didn’t actually spot it, I flicked through some games and then put the engine on.

    • Sue Maroroa
      December 10, 2013 at 10:30 am #

      I’ll also add, your first two moves were correct.

  2. Peewee van Voorthuijsen
    December 10, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    1. Qh7+ Kf7 2. Bg6+ Ke7 3. Nf5 mate – nice double pin on e6 and Ng7!
    Probably the reason the tactic was missed in the game itself.

    Good luck Gawain in the Classic!

    Very interesting group you have been drawn into.
    Strong players with a very outspoken and attractive style together.


  3. Chris Dossett
    December 10, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

    Qh7+, Kf7, Bg6+ Ke7, Nf5++

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      August 2, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

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